Monthly Archives: August 2016

  • Opening Up About Open-Concept Floorplans

    While open-concept floorplans may be all the rage in home design these days, the challenge is creating this floorplan in a way that is unique to your personal style, and ensuring that your design flows within your space. You also want to be sure your open floorplan is inviting and cozy.

    Here are a few decorating tips for achieving the perfect open-concept floorplan:

    Choose one paint colorInterior Design Ideas for an Open Floorplan

    Perhaps the best way to ensure that your open-concept floorplan looks cohesive is to use just one paint color throughout. This will create the perfect flow from one room to the next. If you’re worried this will make everything look too boring, don’t; the furniture and accent décor you choose later on will allow you to introduce different colors, textures and patterns for that “pop” you need.

    Use textures

    Speaking of that “pop,” this is a great way to show distinction throughout your main living space. For example, consider a wallpapered accent wall in your living room to complement built-in shelving on the adjacent wall. It’s just enough to catch the eye without being too overwhelming.

    Specify individual areas

    Of course, the idea behind an open-concept floorplan is to have everything flow together seamlessly, but that doesn’t mean that each specific area can’t be decorated according to its role. In fact, this is highly encouraged to help define each space. The living room could be highlighted by a gorgeous sofa sectional (like this one) and accent chairs, while a bar-height countertop could be perfect for your kitchen area.

    Don’t forget the storage space

    In an open-concept floorplan, the key word is – yep, you guessed it – “open”. The last thing you want is to dilute your space with a whole bunch of clutter. Here’s one thing to try in your design: include sleek, closed cabinetry in your kitchen for dishes and small appliances. Optimal storage allows you to keep all of the extra things tucked away and to pull your guests’ focus towards whatever you want say a gorgeous marble fireplace and a matching set of these bold Verona chairs.

    We can absolutely see the appeal of an open floorplan – the trick is knowing what to do with all that space once you have it! Not sure how to implement these ideas on your own? Allow the interior design experts of Sherwood Studios Inc. to lend a hand. Give us a call at 248-855-1600 or stop by our Studio in West Bloomfield, MI to see samples of our work!

  • The Three Most Versatile Furniture Pieces for Your Home

    versatile furnitureWhether your live in a small apartment and need furniture items that can perform multiple jobs, or have just moved into a bigger house and have lots of extra space to fill, there are a few pieces that will give you the most versatility. Able to be incorporated into any interior design style, the following furniture pieces are ones that will used throughout your home for many years to come.

    Chest of Drawers

    The bedroom is just the most obvious location to place a chest of drawers. But this storage-friendly furniture item can also work wonders in your entryway and dining room. Instead of having your children’s outerwear clutter the floor, you can keep their hats, gloves and scarves organized within a chest of drawers. Not only will this solution add an extra layer of organization to the entrance of your home, but it will also ensure that no one leaves without grabbing the accessories needed to keep warm.

    Placed along the dining room wall, your chest of drawers is always the perfect spot to store tablecloths, placemats and extra silverware. Hosting a big dinner party? You can even arrange platters of hors d'oeuvres and desserts along the top.

    Ottoman

    A living room essential, your ottoman can be used in place of a traditional coffee table, as well as for extra seating when entertaining guests. Relaxing in front of the T.V. after a long day at work? Just pull the ottoman up to the couch and put your feet up.

    We recommend choosing a style with built-in storage so you can declutter your living room while making it more comfortable. The perfect place to keep extra throw pillows and blankets, it also works well for holding remotes and magazines when guests are visiting.

    Console Table

    A sleek and stylish addition to any furniture collection, a console table is the ideal size for a few hard-to-fill spots in the home. Need a little table to keep your keys and mail on in the entryway? Looking for a way to get a reading lamp behind your couch? A console table is the perfect option for jobs like these!

    According to Houzz, a good size for placing behind most sofas is between 33 and 35 inches tall.

    For furniture pieces that will be with you for years to come, we recommend choosing high-end options in a traditional style. Start your search for versatile furniture online with Sherwood Studios, or stop by our Southeast Michigan showroom to have a look around.

  • Designing a Kid-Friendly Living Room

    kid-friendly living roomWe all want to boast a beautiful living room. After all, it should be the one room in your home where you can relax with your family, enjoy your favorite television show after a busy workday, and entertain guests. It shouldn’t be the one room in your home that lacks style, organization or upkeep. And just because you have children, doesn’t mean your living room – or the rest of your home for that matter – has to lack style. There are plenty of ways to make your living room look elegant and clean, while also making it kid-friendly and safe.

    Here are some tips to help you maintain a clutter-free, organized and visually appealing living room, no matter how young your children may be.

    Find the Right Paint

    Fingerprints, markers, crayons and other imperfections can make your walls look dirty and unmaintained, which can take away from the overall beauty of your living space. Once the marks are on the wall, there’s no going back – unless you paint your walls with a washable paint sheen! Colors in eggshell, satin or semi-gloss are all great options for families with young children, as imperfections can be washed away easily with soap and water.

    Don’t feel limited to traditional paint options either. Chalkboard, magnetic, and dry erase paints are all wonderful accent wall options that take the cake for being parent and living room approved. In fact, you’ll want your kids to draw as much as they want on the walls coated in one of these fun and family-oriented options!

    Protect Your Furniture

    Kids are always jumping around on the furniture, and if they aren’t doing that, they’re either eating or drinking on them. To ensure your furniture investments are protected and maintain their like-new appearance for a long time, take advantage of couch and chair covers. These slip-covers are easy to take on and off, and they’re even washable. Use them to cover your furniture during play dates, and then whisk them off with ease before your dinner party.

    Another family-friendly furniture option is leather. Both durable and comfortable, leather furniture is less likely to reveal stains, spills and other imperfections than fabric is.

    Choose the Right Flooring

    When you have young children, spills, dirt, allergens and crumbs can easily accumulate and make your floors look downright dirty. Make sure you install floors that are easy to maintain and clean up should your son spill his glass of orange juice everywhere. Durable, stain resistant carpeting is also a wonderful way to cover your gorgeous hardwood floors until your kids are a bit older. Plush and warm, carpeting can also protect your kids from bumps and bruises should they fall.

    For families looking for fine furnishings and interior design assistance in the West Bloomfield, Michigan area, Sherwood Studios is here to help. Visit our showroom at 6644 Orchard Lane Road or give us a call at 248-855-1600 to get started on your living room upgrade!

    Source: http://www.homestoriesatoz.com/decorating/5-ways-to-create-a-kid-friendly-family-room.html

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